Most employees face logjam after holidays

Most employees have to cover their holiday work when they return to the office, according to a survey of 1,800 people by recruitment agency Manpower.

Most employees have to cover their holiday work when they return to the office, according to a survey of 1,800 people by recruitment agency Manpower.

And 7% of employees are contacted while on holiday to make decisions and provide advice.

Manpower's operations director, Greg Teare, said, "Summer holidays should be about completely relaxing and forgetting the daily routine. This won't happen if people spend their holiday worrying about what work is piling up, how many e-mails are in their inbox or the additional burden their holiday is causing colleagues."

Of the people surveyed by Manpower, 43% returned from holiday to find all their work from the previous week or two waiting for them. Some 40% returned to a clean desk because their workload had been shared between their colleagues. Only 10% of respondents had their jobs covered by temporary staff while they were away, and 7% were contacted about their work while on holiday.

Although 40% benefited from their work being covered by colleagues, their employers expected those employees who were still in the office to work longer hours.

Manpower recommended that people going on holiday should write a handover document for colleagues and nominate someone to deal with urgent messages. Employees should also complete all their projects before going on holiday if possible so they have nothing to worry about while they are away.

Teare said, "It is beneficial for employers to find ways to ensure their staff really can relax while they are away."

 

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